Jurgen Klopp has described the start to his Liverpool reign as ‘intense but fun’ as prepares to take charge of his 50th Reds game.
The German brings up his half-century against Chelsea on Wednesday in just 217 days – the fewest by any of his predecessors with Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan the closest to him on 254.
All those matches, which include a run to the Capital One Cup final and next week’s Europa League final against Sevilla, have been packed in since he took over in mid-October, during which time he was also admitted to hospital to have his appendix removed.
It has been something of a whirlwind introduction to English football for the former Borussia Dortmund boss – but he would not have had it any other way.
“It was intense but fun too. Everything was new so it was interesting,” he said of his near-seven months in charge.
“Time goes by so fast, I can’t believe this season is nearly over.
“Usually you need one and a half seasons for this. That is funny.
“The jobs to do and everything you need to think about keeps you awake but it is good.
“We can get sixth position this season, which is not the biggest success in the history of Liverpool, but everyone can see the good signs.
“We will build on it. We have to improve. I am sure we will.”